Dutch Masters Plan to Stage Dressage & Jumping Behind Closed Doors April 23-25

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Isabell Werth on Emilio at the Dutch Masters World Cup in 2018. © DigiShots

‘s-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands, Mar. 20, 2021–The Dutch Masters is planning to stage the dressage and jumping competition on April 23-25, about a month after the World Cup qualifier was canceled.

The organization plans a dressage CDI4* and the jumping event that is one of the Grand Slam of Jumping competitions.

The organization said it has worked with veterinarians of the Dutch Equestrian Federation and the International Equestrian Federation on protocols to hold the event as long as there is no further spread of Equine Herpes Virus that has shut horse sports in several European nations until April 1.

The goal, the organizers said, is: “To organize the event not only corona-proof but also rhino-proof, measures will be taken such as a veterinarian check-up upon arrival, regular temperature measurements and possibly a nose swab of the participating horses.”

Riders, the organization said, are positive about the new date as “currently there are not enough high level events, which are so important for the riders’ preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games.”

World No. 1 in dressage Isabell Werth of Germany said she will be at the event, as did Steve Guerdat, world No.1 in jumping.